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Precision Ag

Precision agricultural practices continue to be more widely adopted each year by western New York farmers in order to increase yields, reduce fertilizer, chemical, and labor costs, and protect the environment. Many practices are part of precision agriculture. Soil sampling based on small grids (0.5-5 acres), soil types, or soil management zones allows farmers to vary their rates of lime and fertilizer applications along with seeding rates of corn and soybeans to capture more yield on the productive areas and conserve resources on less productive sections of their fields. Traditional probe sampling, electrical conductivity, and on-the-go sensors are used for precision soil sampling. Auto-guidance systems greatly improve the efficiency of chemical applications, fertilizer applications, and seeding patterns by reducing overlaps, eliminating gaps, and reducing operator fatigue. Yield monitors allow farmers to further refine their management by accurately recording the yield variations across management zones in each field. Satellite imagery, aerial photography, tool-bar mounted cameras and sensors, and agricultural drones (UAVs) provide additional tools to map and monitor soil variation and crop progression. The NWNY Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Team continues to support the adoption of precision agricultural practices through educational programming in partnership with the Wyoming County Dairy Institute, work with industry representatives, and on-farm research of new technologies. Throughout northwestern New York precision agricultural services and equipment are provided by, but not limited to, Growmark FS, Monroe Tractor, Agrinetix LLC, Fingerlakes Agronomics Inc, BCA Ag Technologies, Oxbo, and Western New York Crop Management Association




Most Recent Precision Ag Content

Benefits and Costs of Entry Level Precision Agriculture Technologies

John Hanchar, Farm Business Management
Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops

Last Modified: February 16, 2017
Benefits and Costs of Entry Level Precision Agriculture Technologies

Auto Section Control (ASC) is a precision agriculture technology designed to reduce double planting and other crop input usage in headlands. See the presentation by Erick Haas and John Hanchar at the 2017 Operations Managers Conference for benefits and costs, including results from partial budgeting and capital investment analysis.

Crop Alert

Mike Stanyard, Team Leader, Field Crops
Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops

Last Modified: September 9, 2016
Crop Alert

Timely observations, information, and control strategies for managing pests, fertility, and current conditions on northwestern NY farms.

Entry Point Precision Ag Technology: Benefits & Costs for Decision Making

John Hanchar, Farm Business Management
Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops

Last Modified: March 15, 2016
Entry Point Precision Ag Technology: Benefits & Costs for Decision Making

Two benefits attributed to auto steer mentioned frequently by producers and their advisors are reduced stress and reduced fatigue. Combine these benefits with expected favorable economic and financial impacts, and auto steer has the potential to be a beneficial change in practice for farmers, one that farmers will likely want to evaluate for their business.





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Upcoming Events

VFD Regulations - What Does It Mean for Livestock Owners & Beekeepers

March 28, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00 pm
Warsaw, NY

If you want to learn more about the VFD, Veterinarian Feed Directive, and how it might affect you and home treatments of your livestock, plan to attend this information session.   
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Getting Started in Agritourism Workshop, Creating a Destination Farm

March 30, 2017
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Rochester, NY

Cornell Extensions of Monroe and Tompkins County proudly invites farmers, food entrepreneurs, horse-farm owners, and other Agribusiness operators to attend the Agritourism workshop. 
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NYS Livestock Summit - Montour Falls Location

March 30, 2017
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Montour Falls, NY

Calling experienced livestock producers: We know you face tremendous challenges to grow your business. What are the undeveloped opportunities and how can we collectively address them?  
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Announcements

Heavy Snow Loads

The recent accumulation of snow in many areas throughout NYS has caused some agricultural buildings to fail. Failure can be the result of several itmes linked to the snow load present on the building. This document talks about snow accumulation and points about understanding pending barn failures. Click here to read the rest of the article.

Do's and Don'ts for Barn Snow Removal

Removal of significant snow accumulations off of a barn roof is best performed in a systematic way to reduce the risk of injury or death to both barn occupants and those working on the roof. Removing roof snow without a proper approach may actually cause more damage than if left alone in some cases by creating an unbalanced and/or concentrated roof load. This document explains the proper approach to removing accumulated snow from roofs. Click here to read the rest of the article.

Latest Dairy Market Watch

An educational newsletter to keep producers informed of changing market factors affecting the dairy industry. How to Read Dairy Market Watch. Dairy Market Watch -  February 2017

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